28 March 2009

Seppos in Sydney

On this day in 1942, the troopship Queen Mary, carrying American troops for the first time, arrived in Sydney, Australia after 4o days and 40 nights at sea. Captain John C. Townley was at the helm as the journey began on February 18 in Boston, but was relieved by Commodore Sir James Bisset at Key West, Florida, where 8,398 G.I.s boarded. Bisset took the ship through ports in Rio, Capetown, and Fremantle, before reaching Sydney. Upon arrival, after an initial stop at the Randwick Racecourse staging area, the troops were sent to bases throughout Australia. 

Gray Ghost: The RMS Queen Mary at War

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